Over to the clubs – Whitley

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Updated: February 11, 2016
GDFL president Neville Whitley arrives at last week's AFL Barwon restructure meeting. Picture: AL PACKER
GDFL president Neville Whitley arrives at last night's meeting. Picture: AL PACKER

GDFL president Neville Whitley arrives at last night’s meeting. Picture: AL PACKER

GDFL clubs will meet with the league executive next Wednesday to formulate a response to the proposed restructure of local football and netball.

Long-serving president Neville Whitley says they received the detailed document before Christmas.

“Overall, the presentation’s only a little bit glossed up more than what was presented early last year,” he said.

“We just believe that our clubs still want to stay as they are, and it appears to me the GFL clubs want to stay as they are, and maybe the Bellarine as well, but I didn’t hear much from Bellarine.”

Whitley admits to a raised eyebrow at plans for the administration of the GDFL to be outsourced to AFL Barwon within the next three years.

“That’s always been their baby, to try and do that, but we’ll try to administer as long as we can,” he said.

“We were told early in the piece when the review was on that no clubs would have to join a regional administration centre, and we would still like them to stick by that.”

Whitley also has reservations about a return to a two-division structure.

“We wouldn’t like to see that. We’ve had 16 sides in the past, and we’ve had 14 and had two divisions,” he said.

“It worked alright, but it’s still not the answer.

“Any new clubs – I’m not sure where they’re going to come from – but if we stuck with 12 and any new clubs wished to join, well we’d look at it then.

“I don’t think there’s any need to change the structure at this stage.

“We can accept new clubs when they come to life.”

Meanwhile, K rock Football.com.au understands there will be a meeting of GFL presidents next Tuesday night.

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